The Importance of Optimism
Psychological tests have shown that happy people have a specific quality that enables them to live a better life. That quality, of course, is optimism. If you’re groaning at the thought of such positivity, because you worry that you can’t become an optimist, then stop right now. According to WebMD.com, optimism can be learned. It’s all about cause and effect. If you change your way of thinking and align it with optimists, you will start to feel happier and see results.
Happy People Find The Good In The World
There are two distinct ways that optimists deal with the world, which sets them apart from the rest:
The Power Of Positive Thinking
Optimists seek the lesson in every obstacle. They don’t get upset and look at where they can lay blame. They control their emotions and look at things logically.
Positive thinking has several benefits to your life:
You can make the choice today to see the glass as half full instead of half empty. Look at your blessings rather than noting every shortcoming. Look at the best in everyone around you, because in truth, the majority of people are honest and good. Look for the good in their actions and in their words, and resolve to be of good cheer.
It’s easy to be upbeat when everything in your life is going well. However, it’s even more important to do so when everything is going against you or is falling apart. Believe it or not, positivity begets positivity. When you are positive and happy in you every day life, you'll find that negative people may not want to be around you. But, that's okay. They're the ones missing out on knowing you.
But something else will happy. You may find that your attitude and actions will draw more positive people to you. They will find respite and joy being around you because your happiness is not from external circumstances but flows out of your own self-hood. You can draw from your inner strength and look on the bright side of life, it will pay off in so many ways.
I can say these things because I have experienced this very miracle in my own life. My life is not "perfect;" not by a long shot. But, I chose happiness many years ago. And most people I know will tell you the same thing. I love to laugh and always seem to find a way to turn a conversation to the joyful side whenever appropriate--and sometime when it may not seem like it's appropriate.
My philosophy of life is that life is too short to live a miserable life. An no matter how bad I may think things are, things are a lot worse somewhere else. So, I might as well the joy that is around me.
Try it. You might actually like it.
Herb Sennett writes about life and how to enjoy it more.